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CT senators will support Harvey aid, despite Texans’ opposition to Sandy relief

WASHINGTON — The need for a robust federal response to Hurricane Harvey has reopened old wounds about the contentious and drawn-out fight five years ago for a relief bill for Superstorm Sandy victims. Connecticut’s senators, who joined their colleagues from New York and New Jersey in fighting for the aid, say they are ready to bury the hatchet and help Texas Republicans who opposed Sandy funding. Continue Reading →

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Coast Guard in CT mobilizing to help Harvey victims

WASHINGTON — The Coast Guard in Connecticut is beginning to mobilize to help with the federal response to the enormous devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, which has dropped to tropical storm strength but continues to pound Texas with massive amounts of rainwater and threatens Louisiana. Continue Reading →

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Congress under deadline pressure to renew health plan for 17,000 CT children

WASHINGTON — When Congress returns for its break next week it will decide whether to renew a health care program that covers 17,000 Connecticut children under 19. If it doesn’t, Connecticut will be among the first states to feel the impact. Continue Reading →

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Travelers, other insurers, accused of discriminating against low-income tenants

WASHINGTON –  Travelers Insurance Co. is being sued over allegations it has refused to insure properties that house federally subsidized low-income tenants  — and other insurers in Connecticut may have done the same. Continue Reading →

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New Obamacare replacement plan would hurt CT, report says

WASHINGTON – A proposal by Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy to replace the Affordable Care Act would increase the number of uninsured nationwide, cut Medicaid and have a particularly costly impact on Connecticut and a handful of other states, a new study says.
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State asks Anthem, ConnectiCare, to file new rates

WASHINGTON – The Connecticut Insurance Department on Wednesday asked Anthem and ConnectiCare to submit new rate filings for 2018 based on the possibility the federal government would stop “cost-sharing reduction” payments to the insurers that subsidize lower co-payment and deductibles for low-income Americans. Continue Reading →

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To some in Connecticut, Trump can do no wrong

In an angry speech in Phoenix, Ariz., President Donald Trump on Tuesday defended his reaction to the violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., and was met with cheers from his followers. Despite overall low job approval numbers, polls show he can count on a significant number of loyal supporters in every state, including Connecticut. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal presses probe of White House official for alleged neo-Nazi ties

WASHINGTON – Now that Steve Bannon is gone, Sen. Richard Blumenthal and two other Democratic senators are renewing their calls for federal officials to investigate a Bannon ally who still works at the White House, counterterrorism advisor Sebastian Gorka. Continue Reading →

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CT lawmakers wary of Trump’s new plan for Afghanistan

WASHINGTON – Connecticut’s Democratic members of Congress are wary as President Donald Trump assumes the mantle of commander-in-chief Monday night, asking the American people to trust him with a new strategy in Afghanistan. At 9 p.m., the president is expected to announce the deployment of about 4,000 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan, where about 8,000 U.S. troops are already stationed. Continue Reading →

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